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Georgia is quite the “party girl”! She is an energetic Pointer mix (possibly with Pit Bull Terrier) that greets every person with wild body wiggles and a big “smile” on her face. She loves to be on the move playing fetch or running through the agility course. At 45 pounds, this muscular girl is an extraordinary athlete with springs for legs and would thrive in a situation where someone takes advantage of that. She would make an excellent companion for a long distance runner or someone interested in a sport like agility. One thing is for sure – she requires an active owner who likes to move and burn energy as much as she does! With ample exercise, she is pretty easy-going and calm inside the home. Georgia is also quite smart and was trained in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program (see below) and graduated on September 9, 2017. Her manners and focus greatly improved with training, but she still needs a patient and committed owner who will reinforce her training and have clear expectations. With her athleticism, Georgia can (and has) easily cleared a 6-foot fence. This only appears to be an issue when she is home alone, but supervision in the backyard is still advised (as is having at least a 6-foot fence). Georgia is crate trained so there is no need to leave her outside when you are gone, but a home with someone who won’t be gone all day or at least has some schedule flexibility will be important so she isn’t crated all day long without breaks. Although not often, Georgia can occasionally be insecure in unfamiliar situations, but positive reinforcement and praise work well to boost her confidence. Give Georgia the opportunity and she will make friends with any dog that is willing. She is a physical player and can be too rough for some dogs, but gets along well with everyone. She particularly loves games of chase! She has been a regular at local dog parks and frequently went on hikes in the Boise foothills. Georgia is a delight and will make someone a fun companion. She is has been good with children as young 6 years old but is probably too exuberant for toddlers. She does require a home without cats. If you are interested in being considered for Georgia, please submit an IDAPI application at the link below.
Georgia completed training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program where she lived with and was trained by inmates at one of the Idaho correctional centers. During this two-month period, the dogs live with the inmates in a prison setting and are trained daily in basic obedience. They are also house, leash and crate trained. The dogs are frequently taught a number of fun tricks such as shake with both paws, bow, spin, speak, sit up, crawl, wave, play dead and many times can also perform some agility commands. They also learn to be good indoor companions while at the same time, they get to interact, play and bond with the other dogs in the program. At the end of the training period, these dogs are evaluated to make sure that they have been trained to do all of their required commands.
To apply for one of these dogs, you must complete an IDAPI application and, if selected as a potential adopter, a phone interview will be conducted just prior to the dog’s graduation. If chosen, you will then be asked to attend a 2-hour workshop where you will meet the dog and also learn the commands that the dog knows and how to work with her. For more information about this dog or any dog in the IDAPI program, please contact Stefanie at the Idaho Humane Society at 208-331-8552 or email@example.com. You can apply for this dog at the following link:
CLICK HERE to fill out an IDAPI adoption application online!